Hi All, We watch cameras in a Security Operations Center (SOC) to capture footage, hopefully, left of bang, of bad guys planning to do bad things. And it’s good. We should keep it up and indeed we should grow our SOCs into ever more sophisticated centers. Yet, we still, collectively, as a society, are not going far enough upstream to sustainably stop the next active … Continue reading Active Shooters: Upstream work to be done
Hi All, Read this nice article on the efforts of one particular school district to make their environments safer. Cameras are, of course, a necessary piece of a Security Management program. Be cautious, however, of over-reliance on them or, more accurately, mis-reliance on them, that is, blindly thinking that they will bring great prevention dividends. Don’t get me wrong; cameras are immensely valuable. Just be … Continue reading Camera Surveillance: Use it Wisely
Kindness is strength. This is so very true! One would find it difficult to source a better summary of strength of character (for anyone and especially leaders) than that of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. I said difficult, but not impossible, as a book fit to sit directly next to The Meditations is It Worked for me: In Life and Leadership, by Colin Powell. One … Continue reading The Dialectic of Creating Healing & Safe Healthcare Environments
Americans are traumatized by the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. As we should be. Take a look at Tess Mata. She is one of the victims of this tragedy. Take a good look at her. Note the innocence shining through her sweet smile. Sit with her in your imagination. Now ask yourself, “What can I do to help?” I propose for your consideration that … Continue reading A Downstream Addiction is keeping America’s Active Assailant/Shooter Phenomenon Untouched
Read and digest the concise message in the picture here. Many thanks to Connecticut Center for Mind-Body Enrichment, Inc for sharing this picture on LinkedIn. Click here to see their post that contained a brief and valuable narrative. The message in this picture above has relevance to America’s seeming inability to curtail its gun violence and active assailants/shooters. Stuck in our guns a ‘blazin intoxication, … Continue reading When things change inside you, things change around you
Hi All, Please read this article, entitled: 2019 Saw Most Mass Killings on Record, US Database Reveals. The mass killer can be stopped by bullets. No doubt. Let’s be clear right off the bat. When it comes to how Americans may die, mass killing incidents are still relatively rare in number. Americans are far more likely to die of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and … Continue reading Mass Killing Incidents: Is there a Solution?
Hi All, Please read this useful article, entitled U.S. Secret Service: 10 warning signs before a school shooting. It’s always useful to study real research on subjects such as the Active Assailant predicament. Otherwise, fear rules and distorts decision-making and ultimately how we address this serious issue. Note warning sign # 4: “Most attackers had experienced psychological, behavioral or developmental symptoms.” Note warning sign # … Continue reading Building strong, sane, children as a Means to Address the Active Assailant Predicament
Hi All, See this article. It highlights the value of creating and leveraging technology to help prevent and respond to tragic occurrences such as active assailant events. Using technology to support prevention and response to active assailant incidents is a good thing. Let’s keep up our efforts there. No argument here. However, we need more in-depth, effective, mitigative work to take place way upstream of … Continue reading Build Better Humans to Really, Truly Address Active Shooter Incidents
Hi All, Please read this Washington Post article entitled “Are video games or mental illness causing America’s mass shootings? No, research shows.” There is a statement in this article which is: “The fact that somebody would go out and massacre a bunch of strangers, that’s not the act of a healthy mind, but that doesn’t mean they have a mental illness.” This is a very important … Continue reading Is Mental Illness a Contributing Factor to Mass Shootings?
Hi All, Please see this brief article about the University of North Carolina Charlotte student, Riley Howell. He was the young man who was fatally shot in last April’s shooting incident. He died, while protecting his fellow classmates, as he took the shooter off his feet. He is now being recognized – in an official manner – as being a Jedi. Yes, we said Jedi, … Continue reading Riley Howell: A Real Jedi